The Cabin In The Woods [2012] ★★

Start hating me now, horror fans. But the gory, predictable and plodding “Cabin in the Woods” is one of the most disappointing movies of the year. Disappointing why? Because judging from every review on the planet, I expected something memorable. Something huge. Something so damn exciting I couldn’t wait to tell everyone about it. Alas, none of this happened. Instead, “Cabin” is a painfully familiar horror movie with a “twist”, but at the end of the day, it never rises above the routine. I’ve seen my share of horror flicks, and while I know every trick in the book, I still wanted this movie to impress the hell out of me. Ok ok maybe I’m being too harsh on it, but I bet you can understand my frustration. Plot-wise, I won’t spoil anything (like there’s anything to spoil anyway. Ha!). All you need to know is that five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Later on, bad things happen (duh!). There’s the jock (played by Thor a.k.a Chris Hemsworth), the slutty blonde, the nice girl and the pothead. Been there, done that. The atmosphere couldn’t be more creepy, but that’s all I can say here without revealing too much. Hell it’s hard for me to discuss this movie without revealing the final “twist”, which some have already heaped praise on it, and they’re entitled to their opinion. I can only be honest in describing my reaction: it was the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen. There I said it. But how well you react to the movie as a whole will have a lot to do with your expectations. Maybe my hopes were too high, or maybe the movie isn’t that good to begin with. But if you’re a fan of director Joss Whedon, you’ll probably disregard my opinion and watch it anyway. But know this: if you like your horror movies to be truly scary, you will be disappointed. I wasn’t scared while watching this film. To me, that’s never a good sign. Some enthusiasts are already calling it “one of the best horror movies ever made”. I beg to differ. It’s a clever attempt for sure, but I don’t think “Cabin in the Woods” is as original as it claims to be. Far from it actually.

Rating: 2/4

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  1. I’d have gave it a 2.5. It was definitely one of the most overrated movies of 2012. The ending made no sense to me at all. It felt random and useless. Also, I couldn’t help but be annoyed with some of the Hunger Games like elements for some reason.

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